Small galleries with big fair impact

ArtsHub speaks with small galleries making a big impact at Sydney Contemporary and Spring 1883 art fairs.
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Directors Isabel R and Misael M of Interlude Gallery, Glebe at Sydney Contemporary; Photo Artshub

Art fairs have become the new norm. We are told that they offer a viable commercial opportunity for artists and galleries, as the traditional gallery model has changed and the need for a more diversified market mix is required for sustainability.

However, the cost of a booth at the top art fairs around the world can be prohibitive for most. ArtsHub spoke with a number of smaller galleries at this year’s Sydney Contemporary and Spring 1883 art fairs, galleries that show they can hold their own with the “big guns”. 

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina